Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Hands-On

Critical thinking is the key to success!

Developer Level-5's trilogy of charming puzzle adventures is finally making its way to North America. The first Professor Layton game was a delightful adventure starring the professor and his sidekick, Luke, who traveled to the mysterious village of St. Mystere to find the Golden Apple. The second game, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, seems to follow the same successful formula, with a blend of logic puzzles and a fascinating story.

The story begins with Professor Layton and Luke boarding the luxurious Molentary Express. Professor Layton had received a letter earlier from his mentor, which talked about a mysterious box that kills all those who open it. From what we played of the demo, it's very much like the previous game in which you explore the locations that you're in and find puzzles to solve. You'll interact with other characters and learn more about this diabolical box, referred to as the Elysian box. Since the professor is all about solving mysteries, their journey will no doubt include a variety of clever puzzles to tackle.

The endearing characters return, but instead of spending their time in the quiet European countryside, the professor and Luke travel cross-country by train to various locations. The game retains its impressive hand-drawn visuals and high-quality full-motion video. The demo was incredibly short, so we didn't explore as much as we would have liked, but the puzzles are fun and range in difficulty.

As in the first game, you'll primarily use the stylus to move from one still location to another, poking around to find hint coins and hidden puzzles. Characters you'll encounter will also give you some brain teasers to solve before they give you the information you want. The Diabolical Box will have more than 150 new logic puzzles, brain teasers, and riddles. Once you've solved them all, additional puzzles will be released each week for a limited time.

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is set to be released on August 24.

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screwarc
screwarc

hope they will translate the rest of the series too.. great game, and trust me, it wont be repetitive, it's addictive

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

i don't think so i bet you anything the game is going to be repetitive and pretty boring after you've played the first one

zolo913
zolo913

I absolutely loved the first game and I can't for this game to come out!

MilkyRay
MilkyRay

Can't wait for this one... The curious village still haunts me sometimes. I missed one puzzle on my first playthrough, so now I'm challenging my family to try some of the puzzles once in a while. In the mean time I started a new game to find that puzzle to complete the collection. Guess I need to hurry if I want to be done by August.

ab5mch
ab5mch

I've wanted this forever!! Looks awesome.

paggigalo
paggigalo

whoops i meant 5th one! tee heee

paggigalo
paggigalo

@marioMAN827 i agree the first one was awsome, did u know that this game came out in japan 2 years ago, and there 3rd one is coming out soon! so unfair!!!

marioMAN827
marioMAN827

i loved the first one(which i have completed) and i cant wait for this game i will get it!

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8smokes
8smokes

The first one was quickly on my list of top 5 best nintendo DS games and games in general. I can't wait for the second!

MFazio23
MFazio23

I just got my wife a DS last week, and this was one of the games I picked up. We've both had a great time with it so far, and I'm looking forward to grabbing the sequel.

Mortichai
Mortichai

Finally, my girlfriend and I have been waiting for this sequel for the longest time. =)

G00DANG
G00DANG

Loved the first game and can't wait for this!

calvinsora
calvinsora

I can't wait. The first game was incredible, and this one will most likely also be stunning.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

This is one of those classic NDS games that is always great. I bought the first one, and now I can't wait for the second one.

master_hookshot
master_hookshot

Yes! Loved the first one, this one will be just as good.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

I think you can use action replay codes to get through the mysterious door.

Dunestar
Dunestar

Wondering how you'll get the code to unlock the Mysterious Door in the first one. But it should be fun!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

This is a must have for any DS user.

msudude211
msudude211

Critical thinking? Reminds me of school. :P

gmax
gmax

Gotta watch out for those diabolical boxes...

riariases
riariases

Talk about a shock. Two months? I'm gonna have no money for the longest time because of E3.

Rebelzource
Rebelzource

Cool! *rushes to DS to finish off the first game*

bnwchbammer
bnwchbammer

Loved the first game, and I'm sure they'll do just as well with this one. These are the games that make me love my DS.

keggerz
keggerz

havent gotten round to playin the original but im certainly gonna get this one

Draco98
Draco98

don't know, i'll wait and see

timberwolf90
timberwolf90

I loved the the Curious Village one on DS. I'll absolutely get this one!! Can't wait!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I am not a fan of Proffesor Layton. I am not going to get it.

Furanko_Kun
Furanko_Kun

YES F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! I've waiting for this announcement, since hearing that Japan is already one the 4th Layton Game D:

benleslie5
benleslie5

I loved the Curious Village, can;t wait to pick Diabolical Box.

HavQ-san
HavQ-san

It was recently announced that there will be more Layton games. The fourth will be released in Japan this fall along with the first Layton movie. I think there'll be six games altogether.

Punkykiddo91
Punkykiddo91

To peter - Yes,there is another one after this sequel.Also that one has been already released in Japan about 1 year ago.Now there waiting for the prequel while were still waiting for the sequel. =]

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Petercairns
Petercairns

I didnt mine the 1st one, and this one looks pretty gud! And i think theres another one coming after this one...?? I could b mistaken............

Redman1984
Redman1984

This is awesome! I can't wait! Maybe we could solve puzzles in multiplayer, a little bit like Puzzle Quest and then you play against a friend who solved the puzzle the fastest!